Showing posts from January, 2013

Willie Mays & the Giants Bring the World Series Trophy To New York & Honor Their New York History

As a member of Bill Kent's NY Baseball Giants Nostalgia Society, darthmaz & I were able to attend the Giants return to New York, as they displayed their World Series trophy. More importantly on the bill was special guest, the great Willie Mays.  The event was held at the Westin Hotel on 42nd St. off 3rd Ave, for invited guests only. The room was full of a huge group of Giants fans, many of them, long time New York Giants fans from the days of the Polo Grounds. They came from all over the country for this very special event. The Giants baseball club, remembers its roots in New York & continues to honor it's history in the city. The team was actually in New York City longer than they have been in San Francisco.   The Giants brought along their top Management; Brian Sabean, Larry Baer & owner Peter Magowan. McGowan, born in New York, told his interesting story of how he grew up a Giants fan, watching Willie Mays at the Polo Grounds. Heartbroken as 14 year old, whe

Former New York Giants Fifties Pitcher: Ray Monzant (1953-1958)

Ramon Monzant was born on January 4th, 1933 in Maracaibo Zulia Venezuela. The six foot right handed pitcher was signed by the New York Giants at age 18 becoming the second pitcher from Venezuela to make the big leagues. In 1953 he was 23-6 in the Carolina league at Danville. The next year he was 11-7 at AAA Minneapolis getting called up to the Giants big league team in July. He pitched in six games before getting demoted back to the minors at the end of the month, as the Giants went on to win the World Series. In 1955 he started out the year at AAA Minneapolis getting back to the Polo Grounds by early June. He got the start against the Chicago Cubs and allowed three runs in three innings taking the loss. In his next start he went seven innings and took another 2-0 loss to the Cubs in Chicago. At the end of the month he took another loss in a start & then was beaten in the 11th inning by the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbetts Field. On July 6th he earned his first career win, it c